That’s what cyclists told organizers afterward.
“It was our pleasure to participate this year. You have done a fabulous job to organize this event. Great work.”
“It was a joy to Ride for Recovery of Hope on Saturday.”
“[We] felt it was a very organized and safe ride/fundraiser event and hope to be able to participate again next year. Well done!”
“Thanks for organizing such an amazing event!!”
“It was a nice ride and a great day for biking.”
“Job well done! We had a fantastic day biking. Everything was well laid out and easy to follow (three of our team members are from [outside of Winnipeg] and have never biked in the city!). The links and participant centre were easy to use, asking for sponsors was simple. We really hope this will become an annual event! Recruiting bikers for next year already!”
“Thank you to Eden for the good work you do in our community and very thankful for programs like Recovery of Hope.”
“Thank you so much for introducing us to our first long bike ride. What a well-organized and positive group of people.”
“We certainly enjoyed the ride and more importantly supporting a great cause.”
These comments from participants tell the story better than anything we could create. We enjoyed the company of 37 cyclists who rode just under 40 kms of cycling routes in Winnipeg. The route was divided into two components beginning at Bethel Mennonite Church with the southern route using the paths that run roughly adjacent to the Rapid Transit route down to the U of M and the northern route that included Assiniboine Park and CMU and then looping back to the starting point.
The purpose of the ride was to raise funds in support of Eden’s Recovery of Hope Counselling Services. Our current health reality is influencing our mental health as well as on our physical health and the entire mental health care system is being stretched beyond capacity. Recovery of Hope offers an alternative based on a sliding-fee scale. This fund-raiser is making it possible for people to get help through Recovery of Hope regardless of their ability to pay and the difference between what a person can afford and what a professional counsellor costs is made up by a grant from Eden Foundation that has now been provided with resources from this event.
Cyclists and the people sponsoring them raised just over $21,000 to date. Contributions in support of cyclists can still be made by clicking HERE.